Clouds! Incredible Weather

"April showers bring May flowers!" This is a fairly realistic saying here in the States. During the first part of spring it rains and storms quite frequently which helps to bring all the pretty flowers to life. Rain and storms go hand in hand with clouds. What are clouds? Clouds are made of tiny (smaller than you can see) water droplets. When they all come together they make a cloud. When these clouds become big they get heavy. The water begins to fall out of the cloud and that is what we call rain! Clouds don't always make rain, though. Sometimes they are just fun to look at! They can make all kinds of shapes.

Talk about clouds! Ask some questions to see what they know and think about clouds.
1. Do you think you could walk on clouds?
2. How do you think they get there?
3. Are there different kinds of clouds?
4. What colors of clouds have you seen?

Talk about their answers. For a fun display, draw a large fluffy cloud on paper that you can put up on the wall in your Circle Time area. Write some of their answers on the cloud. Also print out some different pictures of clouds and post them on the cloud you drew.

You can visit the NOAA wesite for some interesting pictures and coloring pages.

LETTER: U u for Umbrella

When it rains we will use an Umbrella to keep us dry.
U for Umbrella coloring page


We will begin our phonetic reading this week! I feel that the easiest and most efficient way for preschool kids to begin the reading process is to sound out the letters that make up words. We have been working all year on the sounds letters make, singing the ABC song, coloring worksheets, and so forth. Now it is time to use all that knowledge to try to read some small words.

It is helpful to spend around 5-10 minutes per day on reading. Yup! That's all you need. Too much and they will lose interest. So it is important to integrate a reading activity into each day and only for a few minutes.

Begin this week with "A". It is a word, after all. Find some sentences in their favorite books which have "a" in them. Read the sentences aloud and pause at the "a". Ask them "What word is that?" Each time you get to an "a" in the story, pause and let them "read" it themselves! Great start that will make them feel very proud.

There are a couple of FREE websites that I will refer you to for all our reading lessons. Generally I will provide 1 or 2 reading activities each week and then supplement with these great activities on the sites.

On we will use the reading games. BEGIN HERE! This week we will work on "an" and "at".

On we will use their "sounding out" techniques. Begin this week with the "short a" sounds. BEGIN HERE

By incorporating the letter a into many different reading activities, it will help young children begin to understand the concept of reading.


Drippy The Raindrop

Read this story from before doing the science activity! It will help to explain exactly what happens to water from the river to the cloud and back. (the story isn't complete, but it tells enough of it to work. there is an option to purchase the rest of the story if you wish)


Making our own Clouds

Materials Needed:
Cotton Balls
Flat pans or flat containers

Put about a half inch of water in the pan(s). Give each child a cotton ball. Explain that this will act as their cloud. How does the cloud feel? Light and soft? Talk about how water will "evaporate" or become tiny droplets and will rise up into the sky. Ask them to place their cotton over the water. Can you see the water traveling up into their cotton? How does the cloud feel now? Heavy? As they lift the cotton ball up from the water some "rain" will begin to drip from the clouds. This is exactly how a cloud acts when it is full of water! The water comes back down as rain and ends up in lakes, streams and the ocean (represented by the pan of water). Once their cloud in empty of water, the process can begin again.


Cloud Number Toss

Print numbers 1 - 12 inside an egg carton. Have the kids toss a cotton ball (or craft poms) at the carton and say the number they land on out loud. Then count out that many cotton balls.

Umbrella Grid Game

Print out the umbrella grid from Make sure you have clear glass beads (like for fish tanks) and a numbered dice. You can make your own dice by purchasing a wooden block in whatever size you choose from a hobby store. Simply print the numbers on each side with a marker.

The kids will roll the dice one by one and place a bead on each umbrella for the number they rolled. This is great for number recognition, counting, and taking turns.


Cloud Watching

Print the window on heavy cardstock. You will need craft popsicle sticks or paint stirrers as well. Cut the center of the paper out so that you can see through it. Glue or tape the stick to the bottom and backside of the paper so you can hold it up and look through it easily.

On a nice day with clouds in the sky, take the windows outside to use to look at the different kinds of clouds. It is not really important what each type of cloud is called, it is just fun to try to match up the clouds in the sky with the clouds on the window! You can also begin to find funny shapes that clouds can make. Maybe you can find a bunny, a flower, or even your Mom!


Fluffy Cloud

Materials Needed:
White Construction Paper
Several Colors of Blue Tissue Paper, cut in squares

Freehand a fluffy cloud onto the paper. Provide tissue paper squares and glue for the kids to use to make their cloud.

Cut them out and tape them to windows for a cool effect!

Sweet story about a little cloud who changes into all kinds of shapes before joining up with another cloud to make rain.


Black Clouds

Black clouds gather in the sky
Soon its going to storm
Lightning, thunder, run inside
And we'll be safe and warm!


Cloud Cookies


Graham Crackers
Vanilla Frosting
Mini Marshmallows

Allow the children to paint their crackers with some frosting and then stick marshmallows to them. Simple as that!


  1. I have a question! Of course I"m a last minute Lou, but I'm teaching a co-op science experiment class tomorrow....
    do you just hold the cotton right above the water? Or do you need to "dip" it in the water??? Thanks for so much info laid out right in one place with all the links. :) I'm excited to teach this! (Don't be fooled by my procrastination...that's my fear! LOL)

    1. The best way to do it is to dip the cotton in the water. Allow the cotton to fill up with water and talk about how real clouds fill up with water. Then lift the cotton up and allow the water to rain down. When clouds fill up with water and get heavy, the rain will fall! I hope you have fun with it tomorrow. I would love to hear how it goes!

  2. I teach 5th grade and I plan to pour hot water in a baby food jar, then place the cotton over the jar and let it absorb the water vapor. Kids can lift it from time to time to see the evaporation happening. A little risky using the hot water but I think it will be worth the risk. I am going to have the kids wear kitchen mits or rubber gloves to protect their skin. Just a way to have older kids see ans experience the world around us. Thank you for your wonderful blog.

    1. That sounds like a fun demonstration! I hope it goes well. Thank you for your kind words! I would love to hear how it went!